A cruise ship passenger is being tested for the deadly coronavirus after attempting to board the vessel in Sydney.
The passenger, a woman in her 50s, was taken to hospital after she became unwell and was suffering respiratory illness.
The ship, the Norwegian Jewel, arrived in Sydney on Friday morning after a 10-day tour of New Zealand. It was due to make its way to Melbourne on Saturday.
The ship, Norwegian Jewel, arrived in Sydney on Friday morning after a 10-day tour of New Zealand
It is understood passengers were in lockdown for 45 minutes before being allowed to disembark the vessel at 9am on Friday.
The 294-metre ship has a guest capacity of 2376 people and 1060 crew.
NSW Health said the passenger was being screened as a precaution.
Norwegian Cruise Line, operators of the Norwegian Jewel, said the vessel remained in operation and all the passengers were healthy.
‘There is absolutely no truth to this. The vessel remains in operation, and all guests onboard are in good health.’
Australia currently has 15 confirmed cases of coronavirus while 11 Australians are among 65 newly-confirmed cases aboard the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship docked at Yokohama in Japan.
An Australian tourist on board Diamond Princess, Bianca D’Silva, called the ship a ‘floating prison’.
She was separated from her family and placed into quarantine after contracting the virus.
Ms D’Silva said she started feeling ill while all passengers were cooped up in their cabins for a week during the outbreak.
‘I got a lot of headaches initially, when I was told we were quarantined, I started feeling hot with a fever,’ she said.
‘But other than that I feel fine … it just feels like I have a cold.’
The disease is believed to have emerged in a market in Wuhan that sold wild animals, spreading rapidly as people travelled for the Lunar New Year holiday in late January.
The virus has so far spread to more than 20 countries, prompting the World Health Organization to declare a global health emergency.
Saturday will mark two weeks since Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced a temporary 14 day ban on foreign travellers who have left or passed through mainland China from arriving on our shores.
The man was taken from the ship while all other passengers have been stopped from leaving. The 294-metre ship has a guest capacity of 2376 people and 1060 crew
Health Minister Greg Hunt has warned the travel ban will likely be extended as the worldwide death toll surges towards 1000.
Mr Hunt added the government acted on the best medical advice to implement the ban.
‘Ultimately, our job … our responsibility, is to provide protection and national health security for the Australian people,’ he said.
‘They’ve been difficult decisions but made on the basis of the medical advice and we’ll implement the medical advice.’
The Government admits the ban has taken a toll on the tourism industry, which is losing an estimated $1billion a week.
Daily Mail Australia has contacted NSW Health and Norwegian Cruise Line for comment.
AUSTRALIANS WITH THE CORONAVIRUS
NEW SOUTH WALES: 4
Three men aged 43, 53, and 35 who had recently travelled to China are confirmed to have contracted the disease.
Two flew in from Wuhan while the other arrived in Sydney from Shenzhen, south China.
They are being treated in isolation at Westmead Hospital and are in stable condition.
A 21-year-old woman is identified as the fourth person to test positive for the illness in NSW.
The woman, a student at UNSW, flew into Sydney International Airport on flight MU749 on January 23 and presented to the emergency department 24 hours later after developing flu-like symptoms.
She is being treated in isolation at Westmead Hospital.
A Chinese national aged in his 50s becomes the first confirmed case of the coronavirus in Australia.
The man flew to Melbourne on China Southern flight CZ321 from Wuhan via Guangzhou on January 19.
He is now in quarantined isolation at Monash Hospital in Clayton in Melbourne’s east.
A Victorian man in his 60s is diagnosed with the coronavirus.
He became unwell on January 23 – two days after returning from the Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicentre of the outbreak.
The man was confirmed as positive on January 29 and was subsequently seen by doctors at the Monash Medical Centre. He was assessed as being well enough to stay at home.
A woman in her 40s is found to have coronavirus.
She was visiting from China and mostly spent time with her family.
She is being treated at Royal Melbourne Hospital.
A woman in her 20s in Melbourne is found to have the virus
Queensland confirms its first case after a 44-year-old Chinese national wass diagnosed with the virus.
He is being treated at Gold Coast University Hospital.
A 42-year-old Chinese woman who was travelling in the same Wuhan tour group as the 44-year-old man tests positive. She is in Gold Coast University Hospital in stable condition.
An eight-year-old boy has been diagnosed coronavirus. He is also from the tour group where the other Queensland cases came from
The case was found in a 37-year-old man, who was a member of a group of nine Chinese tourists in quarantine on the Gold Coast
A 37-year-old woman has been diagnosed with coronavirus from the same travel group that flew to Queensland from Melbourne on January 27
SOUTH AUSTRALIA: 2
A Chinese couple in their 60s who arrived in Adelaide from Wuhan to visit relatives are confirmed to have coronavirus.
Two Australians have been confirmed as having the virus in Wuhan itself. Australia has raised the travel alert level to ‘do not travel’ for the city of Wuhan – the epicentre of the outbreak – and for the entire Hubei province.
Chief Medical Officer Brendan Murphy says unless people have contact with someone who is unwell and has come from that part of China, there is no need for current concern.
Four Australians are among 65 newly-confirmed coronavirus cases aboard the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship docked at Yokohama.